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Hi all, new to the forum.
Used to be a regular runner, initially taking it up to lose some weight some years back & through healthy diet and regular training I went from over 16st to 12 1/2st in about 6 months. This was a confidence booster & gave me the bug for running (I was always a good athlete at school but somehow at that time it felt like a chore - teenage hormones i guess ). I would generally do 5k/day in the gym along with cross training and then once a week a 10k. In time I got my 5k down to 18 minutes (treadmill topped out at 16km/h) but over the years I got out of the habit.
Skip forward a few years to today: I've started back at the gym about a month ago, 5k gone down to 24min, (eek!!) but the bug is back!! Since, I have joined up for the Great Birmingham Run which is a massive step up for me as my longest distance is around 12km but if anything its given me a massive motivational boost. Done a 7+ mile road run Monday to test out the waters and found a comfertable pace I feel i could complete the race - about 6mph.
The main issue I have is that I have left my training for this event quite late...most training programs seem to incorporate a 12 week schedule, so I've kind of jumped in midway. Just wondering if anyone has any training advice they could give me as i don't want to risk injury, but i still want to be able to be sure that i can complete the run without having to drag myself over the line